"Thank you so much for your wise, kind, and firm teaching. I want you to know that your embodiment of צדק [justice] has truly changed my life."
WAYS OF PEACE has launched Nedivut Tzedek / GENEROUS JUSTICE, an intergenerational network of Jewish learning circles for just giving. Our circles catalyze a renewal of the Jewish values and practices of heshbon — spiritual and financial accountability — through study, storytelling, supportive action / reflection, and cultural development. Participants learn how to mobilize the power of our daily money choices for social change, as well as for greater personal fulfillment.
A series of outreach programs is building momentum toward a retreat-based leadership training in August 2015. We are currently identifying additional partners for collaboration in funding, outreach and recruitment. Click here to learn more, and watch this space for updates.
Many people are surprised to learn that spirituality and personal finance are directly connected in our Jewish values of heshbon (accountability). We turn to heshbon when we search our souls, no less than when we balance our checkbooks.
One of the reasons that justice seems so elusive in practice is because we tend to define it so narrowly, as something external over which other people have control. WAYS OF PEACE operates from the core premise that we vote with our financial choices, on a daily basis, for the state of the world we live in — as well as for the quality of our own lives.
As we emerge from the worst economic crisis in recent history, WAYS OF PEACE offers time-tested Jewish resources and support for bringing our money into harmony with our highest values — no matter what we earn. Whether you prefer personal consultation or community learning, we can help you discover how to give tzedakah ("toward-justice") as a daily way of life — in ALL political and economic climates.
"I just wanted to write you a note of personal thanks....I was giving, but without much thought about how much I could afford to give....I will continue to reflect on my giving options, and to focus on one or two areas that I feel strongly about, rather than to feel guilty about not being able to give to everyone who asks....I also will commit myself to actually looking at my expenses each month without judgment, just to assess where I am."